The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host 20 field days and special events at UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state in 2012.

That’s up five from last year.

With a broad range of topics, representing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture, these events offer opportunities to learn to be a better producer of almost anything you can grow in the state, be it cattle, cotton, crape myrtle or cabbage.

The new additions to the schedule include a Green Industry special event at the UT Gardens, Knoxville, on June 19, the Tobacco and Forage Production Field Day on July 19 at the AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville, and the Biomass event in Vonore on Oct. 24-25, as well as the return of the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day to the Forest Resources Center in Oak Ridge on March 31.

July 2012 also marks the return of the biennial Milan No-Till Field Day which always takes place on the last Thursday in July on even-numbered years.

The complete schedule is as follows:

• Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods – March 31, 8:30 a.m., Oak Ridge

• Organic Crops Field Tour – April 26, 9 a.m., Organic Crops Unit, Knoxville

• Fruits of the Backyard – June 12, 8:30 a.m., Spring Hill

• Beef and Dairy – June 14, 7:30 a.m., Little River Animal and Environmental Unit, Walland

• Tobacco, Beef and More – June 28, 7 a.m., Springfield

• Summer Celebration – July 12, 10 a.m., Jackson

• Tobacco and Forage Production – July 19, 3 p.m., Greeneville